Wednesday, March 29, 2017

2017 Topps Gypsy Queen - The Dodgers Base Cards and Variations

This is a very busy week for Baseball card collectors.  With Opening Day around the corner just about every card manufacturer is using this week to release new card sets.  Panini America released the Diamond King set today.  A new set called Honus Bonus Fantasy Baseball from Rittenhouse Archives (known for non-sports cards) also came out today.  Heck, Topps released two sets today -- Tribute and Gypsy Queen.  Below are the all of the Dodger base and variation cards found within packs of 2017 Gypsy Queen.  Go here for a complete checklist.

Notably, Rob Segedin gets his very first Dodgers card (if you don't count to Topps Now cards).  Also, I really dig the photo selection for the "Capless" variations of Clayton Kershaw.  He's sporting a serious stare.  You can check this card out at the very bottom.

Base Set

#5 Adrian Gonzalez          #56 Yasmani Grandal

Preview of Clayton Kershaw's Import Dragon MLB Figurine

On Monday I shared several pics of the Corey Seager Import Dragon MLB figurine.  Now I have pics of the Clayton Kershaw figurine to show you.  Check it out above and below.

It measures approximately six inches high and is slated to be released in June.  Go here for the company website.  BTW, you can pre-order this and the Seager figure at Clark Toys, here.

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Blog Kiosk: 3/29/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Spring Odds and Ends

A couple of old pros pass down some knowledge to an eager rookie.  Featured above is an April 15, 1956 Associated Press photo featuring a young Drysdale chatting it up with Labine and Furillo while autographing some balls.  (eBay Link) Per the descriptor:
PART OF THE BIG LEAGUE LIFE--Don Drysdale, center, 19-year-old rookie pitcher whose contract has been taken up by the Dodgers, gets introduced to a rainy day chore-autographing baseballs.  He listens to two "old hands"--pitcher Clem Labine, left, and outfielder Carl Furillo as they go about their work during postponement of today's scheduled exhibition game with the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History:  In 2004 the Dodgers purchased outfielder Jason Grabowski from the A's.  They also traded reliever Jason Frasor to the Blue Jays for outfielder Jason Werth.  In 2008 the Dodgers played a pregame exhibition game at the LA Coliseum against the Boston Red Sox in celebration of the 50th annniversary of the club's move from Brooklyn to Los Angeles.  A crowd of 115,300 attended -- the largest to ever see a Baseball game.
  • Happy Birthday, Hank Gastright, Rube Dessau, Lee Meyer, Gibby Brack, Tommy Holmes, Mike Ramsey & Brian Jordan!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Highlights From Friday's Dodger Stadium Tour

Following up on my post from Saturday featuring previews of some Dodger promos and new stadium foods, I now share highlights from a Dodger Stadium Tour provided by the team on Friday.  (BTW, you can go here for information about taking a stadium tour yourself.)

A Dodger Scorecard from 1885 of an Error Filled Game

Following up on a post from last week that featured two vintage 1884 Brooklyn Atlantics (the Dodger franchise) scorecards, I now share another scorecard from the following season in 1885 (Auction Link).

As you can see, Brooklyn outfielder John Cassidy is featured prominently on the cover. It dates to a game played on July 31st between Brooklyn and the Philadelphia Athletics, which the A's won 10 to 7, and notes a wild and raucous affair.

There were a total of twenty errors recorded in the game -- including nine by Brooklyn pitcher John Harkins.  Hilariously, the story in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle the next day made sure to let its readers know how bad Harkins was.

Blog Kiosk: 3/28/2017 - Dodgers Links - Ryu Earns a Spot on the Rotation

He's on the comeback trail.

Yesterday Hyun-Jin Ryu received fantastic news.  Although he gave up two homers in his most recent spring start he did prove to the Dodger staff that he belongs in the Dodgers starting rotation. Per Eric Stephen at True Blue LA:
“He just kind of kept plugging away, and showed he’s healthy. He built his innings up,” Roberts said. “It just gives the confidence that he can give us quality starts when he goes out there.” 
Per Bill Plunkett at the OC Register:
“From how I feel right now, I’m definitely confident that I can pitch every five days for this team. … I’ve always been a starting pitcher so it definitely feels good to be back doing what I expect to do. It has a lot of meaning in that regard.”
Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2016.  Below are more links to check out:
"I will never forget Fernando and all he has done for me and the Los Angeles Dodgers," manager Tom Lasorda said. "It was a privilege and honor to manage him over the years because he was without a doubt a great talent and a great competitor. I want to thank him for all the memories."